Video Highlights: Anton Belov

Steve Dangle of Leafs Nation spent part of his time during the lockout doing KHL highlights in English for the North American audience, and reminded me there was a bunch of Anton Belov video there. The hit above earned Belov a minor penalty and a 10-minute misconduct.

QUICK SCOUTING REPORT ON BELOV

It is hard to find a lot of information on the newest member of the Edmonton Oilers, Anton Belov, but this video shows he knows how to score. Belov turns 27 in July, stands 6’4" and weighs 215 pounds. He’s played in Russia his entire life. He played his first four years of pro hockey…

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NATION PROFILE: BILL GUERIN

Bill Guerin was a power forward, and an extremely effective NHL player. During his time in an Oiler uniform, Guerin supplied the Oilers with a valuable combination of size, skill, grit and toughness. Since he left Edmonton, Oiler fans have had an annual reminder about just how unique power forwards are, and how much of…

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NELSON GIVES AN UPDATE FROM OKC

For the second consecutive season the Oilers American Hockey League affiliate, OKC Barons are in the 3rd round of the AHL playoffs. The Barons lead the Red Wings farm team, Grand Rapids Griffins 2-1, with game four tomorrow night in OKC. Earlier today Todd Nelson joined Robin Brownlee and I on my radio show to get an…

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Report: Oilers interview Paul Maurice for coaching job

It appears the Edmonton Oilers’ search for a quality assistant to join Ralph Krueger’s staff is well under way. TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted a report that the team had interviewed former Carolina Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice and was also potentially interested in former Phoenix Coyotes head coach Rick Bowness.

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LAST DAYS OF MAY . . .

There’s been a positive vibe around the hiring of Craig MacTavish as new GM of the Edmonton Oilers and that continued today when former Oiler assistant coach Rob Daum offered his two cents.

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MACT JOB 1: SIGNING SAMWISE

  Craig MacTavish has a ‘to-do’ list that would challenge mortals, but his media conferences suggest he’s going to get a lot done this summer. We’ve talked draft, and buyouts and trades, but the truth is that job 1 is getting Sam Gagner’s situation straighted out. 

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IS WINNING ALL THAT MATTERS?

We’ve heard the phrase, "It doesn’t matter how you win, as long as you win," for years. It makes sense in pro sports, where it is your job to win, but if you win by playing boring, non-creative hockey is it still worth it? If you ask fans of the LA Kings they will surely say…

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Is Antti Raanta the next Tim Thomas or Niklas Backstrom?

Goaltender Antti Raanta is coming off a phenomenal season. In 2012-13 he posted the best save percentage in Finland’s top league and won the awards for best goaltender and regular season MVP (he’s pictured accepting that award above), as well as playoff MVP after back-stopping Assat to the league championship. Just for good measure, he…

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Will the Oilers sign Bernhard Starkbaum?

Reports out of Europe suggest that the Oilers could be interested in 27-year old goaltender Bernhard Starkbaum, who spent last season in the Swedish Elite League. Who is he, and would he be a good signing for the Oilers?

Identity Theft

Craig MacTavish has been doing what feels like a media blitz since taking over as general manager, making a point of communicating his message clearly and frequently to the Oilers’ fan base. On Friday he appeared on Oilers Now and said a lot of interesting things, though what stood out to me were his comments…